The Ottawa Champions got back into the win column on Saturday night with a 2-0 victory over the Quebec Capitales.
Steve Borkowski (2-3) had his best start of the year for Ottawa. Borkowski went eight innings and was able to get out of a couple of tough jams. He recorded nine strikeouts in the ballgame while only walking one batter.
Lazaro Blanco (3-1) was excellent for the Capitales despite being credited with the loss. He went seven innings while only allowing four hits. His only blemish came in the first inning.
The game started off with a bang for the Champions when Tyson Gillies hit a leadoff home run to kick things off. It was Gillies’ second homer of the year as he continues to impress since debuting this week.
The Capitales had a chance to respond in the bottom half of the first. With the bases-loaded and only one out, Borkowski got Yurisbel Gracial to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Borkowski got stronger as the game went on, recording eight consecutive outs from the fourth to seventh inning. He also benefited from some nice defensive plays.
In the bottom of the seventh, Gillies tracked down a line drive in centerfield and slid to make a remarkable catch. It ended the inning and kept the Capitales scoreless.
Gillies continued to shine as he drove in a huge run in the ninth to add a crucial insurance run for the Champions. Gustavo Pierre came into score and Ottawa led 2-0.
Reliever Victor Beriguete closed it out and picked up his second save of the year.
Ottawa will look for a split in the final game of the series this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05. Brett Lee (2-0) takes the mound for Quebec against Ottawa’s Raydel Sanchez (0-2).
In other Can-Am League action the Rockland Boulders beat the New Jersey jackals 5-2, the Sussex County Miners blasted the Dominican Republic National team 13-4 and the Cuban National team shaded the Trois Rivieres Aigles 7-6 in extra innings.